Goodluck Jonathan has cried out over plots to assassinate him

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Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, ex-president of Nigeria
has raised an alarm that his life is under threat by
militants.
Jonathan has said that the group MEND is after his
life.
In a statement made by his media aide, Ikechukwu
Eze on Sunday August 7, Jonathan said the list of
sponsors by the splinter group Reformed Niger
Delta Avengers (RNDA) was political, adding that it
was part of an attempt to assassinate him.
The statement read in part: “Since it is not in our
place to speak for all those named in the obvious
fabrication, we are only intervening to the extent
that its hidden intent poses a violent threat to the
life of former President Goodluck Jonathan, a
committed patriot.

“We are seized by the feeling of déjà vu
occasioned by the resurrection of one dim
character masquerading as Cynthia Whyte, who
had in the past served as the spokesperson for a
notorious group that had all along shown its hand
to be going after the life of former President
Jonathan.”
The former President recalled that in 2007, after he
emerged as the running mate of the late President
Umar Yar’Adua, the group invaded Yenogoa in an
effort to assassinate him.
He added that the members of the group later
bombed his compound in Otuoke, Bayelsa state,
on a night he was scheduled to attend to an
important matter in his country home.
“Do we need to remind anybody that the so-called
Cynthia Whyte is the self-declared spokesperson
for the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger
Delta, a violent and murderous underground group
led by one Henry Okah, which has not hidden its
intention to destroy the former President?”
Jonathan stressed.
Jonathan said that the list, which named him and
other South-South leaders as Niger Delta Avengers
sponsors, was another attempt by the Movement
for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), to
eliminate him.
According to him, the bombing that took place on
October 1, 2010 at the Eagle Square, Abuja,
showed that the group was violent.
GEJ noted that: “We have no doubt in our mind
that MEND, as a group contracted to go after
Jonathan with the mind of assassinating him, has
yet to abandon this criminal and ignominious
craving. It is in this light that we view the
purported statement issued by Cynthia Whyte as
not only a sadistic continuation of this sick desire,
but also a futile attempt to instigate the Federal
Government to needlessly go after the former
President.
“Those who have been following the unsavoury
developments in some parts of the country since
the last general election would have noticed that
MEND, its paymasters and other unscrupulous
elements in the South-South region have been
striving fruitlessly to exploit the ensuing confusion
by surreptitiously working for the fulfilment of its
yet-to-be declared political agenda.
“We are not under any illusion that more
accusations and allegations of this nature would
not be hurled Jonathan’s way in the future. But we
are very positive that he can never be fazed by
such negative energy.”
A group, which split from the NDA – Reformed
Niger Delta Avengers – had named Jonathan as
the grand patron of the NDA.
An online medium, Sahara Reporters, reported that
in a statement by its spokesperson, Cynthia Whyte,
the RNDA also listed the Rivers State Governor,
Nyesom Wike, and the Bayelsa State Governor,
Seriake Dickson, as sponsors of the NDA.

Others mentioned in the list were Chief Edwin
Clark, a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State,
Senator Godswill Akpabio; ex-militant leader,
Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo); the
founder, African Independent Television, Raymond
Dokpesi; Kingsley Kuku; Kimi Angozi, and Patrick
Akpobolokemi.
According to Sahara Reporters, the group said the
NDA sympathisers are Daniel Alabrah; Tony Uranta,
Daniel; Ms. Annkio Briggs, and a former
spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), Olisa Metuh.
The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers also named
Oyege Nimi Brown, VIP Timothy, Joshua Macaiver,
Paul Bebenimibo, among others, as the main
operatives of the NDA.
It added that the President of the Ijaw Youth
Council, Udengs Eradiri, aka Brig. Gen. Murdoch
Agbinibo, served as the NDA’s chief spokesman.
Also, Clark, who spoke through his lawyer, Mr.
Dotun Sowemimo, wondered why he would be
mentioned as one of the sponsors of such a
heinous crime against the nation.
He said: “The allegation is an attempt to
undermine the efforts of the Niger Delta leaders to
bring true, lasting peace to the region.
“Clark and other leaders in the region believe in
the unity of Nigeria. The list is a cheap lie, which
is meant to distract the peace moves by the elders
and leaders in the Niger Delta.”
On his part, Wike, who spoke through his Special
Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon
Nwakaudu, said the list should be ignored by the
members of the public.
Dokpesi, also distanced himself from the Niger
Delta Avengers. Dokpesi in an interview with The
Punch on Sunday in Abuja, said he remained
committed to strengthening the unity and stability
of Nigeria.
He said, “I don’t know who is giving that report; I
have never met any member of the NDA in my life,
I have no association with them and I don’t know
who they are. I have been committed to
strengthening the unity and stability of the
country.”
Also denying the allegation, Metuh said he had
nothing to do with the NDA . He said: “Ordinarily, I
would not have responded to this, but on this
occasion, I have chosen to respond, as this
particularly borders on matters affecting national
security.
“This is a wicked, cruel and devilish plot to link me
with such activities, especially as the claim is
outright false.’’
A former spokesman for the Presidential Amnesty
Programme, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, also denied being
a sympathiser of the NDA.
Alabrah said in a statement on Sunday that the
report was a product of mischief designed to
distract the Federal Government from decisively
addressing the resurgence of militancy in the Niger
Delta.
The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill
Akpabio, denied being a sponsor of the Niger Delta
Avengers or any other militant group.
In a statement on Sunday by his Special Assistant
on Media, Mr Anietie Ekong, the former Governor of
Akwa Ibom state described the allegation as
“baseless, reckless and senseless.”
The statement read in part, “Senator Akpabio has
no link with the Niger Delta Avengers or any other
militant group for that matter.’’
Also, a former Adviser to President Jonathan, on
Niger Delta, Mr Kingsley Kuku, denied reports
linking him with the Avengers
.
Meanwhile, there are indications that Goodluck
Jonathan is meeting with militants in the Niger
Delta region in a bid to put an end to bombing of
oil and gas pipelines.
The Guardian reports that a group, Niger Delta
Peace Agenda, which is based in Bayelsa state,
confirmed that Jonathan was secretly meeting with
militants, especially the Avengers, and cautioned
all Niger Delta militants to listen to the former
president and Ijaw leaders to give peace a chance
in the region

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